Puzzled about when you should see a doctor? In urgent care cases – we call them non-emergency cases – it can be a difficult decision.
Since this is around the start of cold and flu season in the #Memphis area, #AFC #DoctorsExpress doctors say these are the things you must do for the common cold:
Stay hydrated, make yourself comfortable, and get plenty of rest.
1. Difficulty breathing or wheezing. Adults and children alike can experience chest congestion with the cold. But if you or your child is wheezing or having a hard time breathing, see a doctor. It could be the sign of a more serious infection.
2. At-risk populations. Some people have increased risk factors that would predispose them to serious illness. People that are smokers and those with compromised immune systems – like the elderly and even those with diabetes – should be evaluated even when they think they have only a common cold.
3. Persistent vomiting. If you or your child can’t keep fluids down, you will quickly become dehydrated. Dehydration is a potential medical emergency.
4. Children or adults with severe allergies or asthma. If you or your child’s asthma or allergy symptoms seem worse than usual, they could be masking a serious viral infection. Seeing a doctor will help rule out such illnesses.
5. Symptoms lasting more than seven days. The common cold should be on its way out after seven days. And be patient. Rome wasn’t built in a day and your cold isn’t going away in a day, either! However, if you are not seeing improvements after a week, see a doctor because something else could be going on.
If you’re unsure whether your illness warrants a doctor’s visit, always err on the side of caution. Most urgent care clinics – especially AFC Doctors Express – are well equipped to treat colds and flu and remember, always follow up an urgent care or walk-in clinic visit with a visit to your family care doctor.